Malaysian born in Melbourne

EARLIER this week, I and five other Malaysian Muslims visited a church, gurdwara and Buddhist temple. I asked my companions if they had previously stepped into a non-Muslim place of worship, and the answer was either “Once, a long time... more »

Taximeter cabinet

THERE is no emphatic message emerging from the make-up of the cabinet, but that’s no reason to be harsh on the Prime Minister. It is emblematic in any Westminster democracy for cabinet appointments to be dominated by compromise – what... more »

Partially free and not fair

THAT is the conclusion – benchmarked against the Declaration on Criteria for Free and Fair Elections by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, of which Malaysia is a member – of the joint report by Ideas and CPPS, two of the organisations accredited... more »

May the fifth be with us

AS I write, the dominant feeling among commentators is that making predictions for the results for Sunday night is futile, at least beyond the bounds of a close victory for either side and an at-best 2008 margin for Barisan. Of... more »

Careful observations

I WAS at SMK Bukit Bandaraya in Lembah Pantai on Nomination Day (last Saturday), wearing my official SPR Pemerhati (EC-accredited observer) T-shirt and lanyard. Unfortunately I can’t talk about any irregularities that I might (or might not!) have seen on... more »

Clapping for Malaysia

PRIOR to last week the only school I had visited in Perak was the Malay College Kuala Kangsar: to speak at their Youth Development Summit and to see their robotics club get underway prior to a world robotics competition in... more »

A conviction politicianI

BUMPED into Margaret Thatcher once, almost literally. It was November 2004, and while pursuing my Master’s at the London School of Economics and Political Science, I was an intern in the British House of Lords for a crossbencher (a member... more »

Back the bid

THE Tuanku Muhriz Trophy Squash Championship has taken place before, but this year it was a leg of the Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit spearheaded by our former world number 10 Azlan Iskandar. With the CIMB KL Open Squash Championship occurring... more »
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